Jordanian officials implemented a comprehensive 24-hour curfew on Friday, April 3, starting at 00:01 (local time) amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. No exceptions will be made for the movement ban on Friday. All shops will be closed during this period.
Following this movement ban, previous restrictions, in place since Wednesday, March 25, will remain in place. The restrictions allow residents to leave their homes only between 10:00 to 18:00 to go to grocery shops, bakeries, pharmacies, and corner shops, though only on foot.
Previously, the government implemented a nationwide ban on nonessential movement on Saturday, March 21. The army sealed off the capital Amman from the rest of the country on Thursday, March 19, and put its ten million residents on lockdown. Jordan's air, land, and sea borders have been closed to incoming and outgoing traffic since Tuesday, March 17.
As of April 3, there are 299 COVID-19 cases including five deaths and 45 recoveries. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.